Californians live on fault lines, that’s what we do. We also spend a lot of time on the road. Another thing we do. So, let’s earthquake our cars. Have the following in your car as the minimum.
Bottled Water-rotated yearly, tennis shoes, blanket,
Class ABC extinguishers
First Aid Kit & Manuel, compass,
Emergency whistle, light sticks, reflectors, mirror
Reflective triangles, basic tool kit, rope, masks
Flashlight, batteries, jumper cables,
Work Gloves, Duct Tape, Hand-Crank Radio (Red Cross, NOAA)
Paper maps (AAA)
Teens & Earthquakes
In addition, make sure your teen driver has his car earthquake ready and has at least half a tank of gas. In disaster situations if the electricity is out the gas pumps will not work.
We know from history that fuel will be the No. 1 issue. If power is out, gas stations will be unable to dispense fuel, so always keep your tank at least a quarter full.David Goodman, Operations Manage, Auto Club Automotive Services (Oct 2019)
Within 30 minutes after the quake
Caltrans, using traffic cameras, road sensors, media, rescue personal, 911 calls, and everyday people will begin assessing road conditions: freeway/road closures and start clearing debris with tractors, cranes, forklifts, or bulldozers
2 hours—state, local, and county officials begin coordinating road closures, detours, and getting stranded motorists off the roads. Police begin directing traffic where needed.
24 hours—Assessors begin checking structures and infrastructure for damage.
72 hours—Continued damage assessments, Caltrans removing debris, traffic signals repaired, and other organizations setting up shelters, food distributions, and aid.
As you can see, being prepared as a family is crucial. Being a prepper is time intensive but worth the time. Expect to survive, as a family, without assistance for 5-7 days in a huge natural disaster.
Grab & Go
Finally, what other stuff would you GRAB, family photo albums, collectibles, pictures, quilts, books, etc. As you plan think, what will I GRAB if I have 4 hours, 2 hours, 45 minutes, 15 minutes. We can’t plan for every emergency, but we can be prepared.
Revisit your disaster plan yearly and refill missing or expired items in your Grab Bags. Keep prescriptions and contact numbers up to date. Practice. Talk about being prepared with your kids enough times that it isn’t scary to them.
See these resources for additional information:
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org; Federal Disaster Assistance: www.disasterassistance.gov; https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/emergencies/index.html
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